Frederick will begin planning for how to deal with the impacts of climate change on the city’s operations after the aldermen approved a resolution to put a climate action plan into place.

The city’s aldermen on Thursday unanimously backed the resolution, though aldermen Ben MacShane and Donna Kuzemchak absent.

The plan sets up specific actions the city will take in future years, Jenny Willoughby, the city’s sustainability manager, told the mayor and aldermen.

Members of the city’s staff are already working on implementing action items to be included in the next budget, she said.

The plan’s final draft includes a greenhouse gas inventory to set a baseline and projects future emissions through 2030.

It also includes high-level resiliency planning to help city departments respond to the impacts of climate change.

The city passed a climate emergency resolution in April 2020 that recognized the importance of addressing climate change at the local level.

In 2016, the city developed a sustainability plan to establish a more holistic approach to reducing emissions and adapt to climate change. The steps included an environmental purchasing policy, an infrastructure plan for plug-in electric vehicle charging and an electric vehicle readiness policy.

Purchased electricity was the largest source of emissions for the city, according to the report, producing 8,920 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015. Transportation was the second-largest source, and waste — whether emissions from solid waste from city operations, solid waste hauled by the city or wastewater treatment — was the third.

The climate action plan includes government operations such as city buildings and facilities, streetlights and traffic signals, water and wastewater treatment plants, city fleet vehicles and non-fleet vehicles such as lawn mowers and construction equipment.

The strategies include completing the city’s transition to LED streetlights, retrofitting city facilities with energy-efficient upgrades, installing renewable energy options such as solar power at city facilities, purchasing renewable energy credits, electrifying the city fleet, adopting a hybrid replacement program and expanding telecommuting opportunities.

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The old court house (city hall,) is going to look great with solar panels on its roof!


We all have to do our part. Easy to roll your eyes at what seems to be small potatoes, but if EVERYONE got on board, we'd make a huge collective difference. We all have to act any way we can and I'm glad the local government understands this. I just wish they'd go further and do more. I also wish citizens would take personal responsibility and do as much as they can as well. Unmitigated climate change will be one of the biggest economic (and yes, existential) crises we'll have to deal with. Your kids & grandkids will ask "why didn't you do something" because they will be dealing with a lot of the effects more than us.


[thumbup] 100% agree with you Frankle1


So will Frederick now restrict growth as part of its responsibilities to fight climate change? Politicians, by promoting growth are responsible (along with the people who grow the population) for increasing the climate change (and other environmental, quality of life, other species extinction, etc.) problem.


Is it just me or is it feeling cooler after passage of this climate action plan? I think it's really working.


Why would the CoF have to have a new plan each year? Is anything ever accomplished? How about providing a list of accomplishments of each years projected goals.

5 years ago the FNP wrote:

Frederick looks to brighten streetlights, increase efficiency

By Ryan Marshall Nov 24, 2016

Obviously - not done

City considers solar field at Frederick Municipal Airport

By Mallory Panuska Jan 7, 2019

Obviously - not done

Frederick's electricity to come through green power

By Ryan Marshall Mar 15, 2021

"The city is currently in the process of evaluating its streetlights to see which ones can be switched out for more energy-efficient LED bulbs."

EPA's Green Partnership writes:

Introduction to Renewable Energy Certificates

Due to the physical nature of electricity and the way it moves across the shared electric grid, it is difficult for consumers (or utilities) to know precisely the source or origin of the electricity they consume, even with onsite projects. The electricity coming through the utility grid can be generated from many different sources and is essentially mixed together prior to consumption. Historically, these generation sources were not tracked from the generator to consumer.


These generation sources are tracked from generator to utility provider -

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